SOUTH PHILLY: Councilman Kenyatta Johnson Fuels Stinger Square

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by Maria Merlino
“This project exemplifies what makes Philadelphia great!” enthusiastically explained 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson as he heralded the beginning of a half-million-dollar renovation of Stinger Square, at 3200 Dickinson Street, last week.

AT STINGER SQUARE were 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Mayor Michael Nutter, Deputy Mayor for Environmental & Community Resources Michael DiBerardinis, Philadelphia Water Dept. Commissioner Howard Neukrug, and 1st Deputy Commissioner for Parks & Recreation Mark Focht. Photo by Maria Merlino

AT STINGER SQUARE were 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Mayor Michael Nutter, Deputy Mayor for Environmental & Community Resources Michael DiBerardinis, Philadelphia Water Dept. Commissioner Howard Neukrug, and 1st Deputy Commissioner for Parks & Recreation Mark Focht. Photo by Maria Merlino

Included in the renovation is total concrete replacement, replanting entry beds, planting a rain garden, refurbished seating, the insertion of new games tables, new trees for shading and removal of dead trees.
“It will be an urban oasis in Grays Ferry,” said Councilman Johnson. He noted it is one of several in the pipeline in his overall effort to revitalize all the neighborhoods in the 2nd Council District.
“We all want to live in a clean neighborhood with good schools, shopping and a safe place to raise a family,” he said.
Councilman Johnson took money from his Capital Improvement Fund and partnered with the Mayor, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Philadelphia Water Department, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Fairmount Park Conservancy to make this happen.
“The entryways are going to be completely re-done. There will be all new landscaping, new benches and new lighting. In the center of the park. There’s going to be a small amphitheater. The playground equipment will be spruced up and lots of work will be done on the grounds,” said Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources, Michael DiBerardinis.
He said the renovations should be complete by the end of June, just in time for summer!

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